Mass disasters: Victim identification and the aftermath


Saturday 19 January 2019


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section


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about this event

Disasters such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge have highlighted how forensic science plays a vital part in victim identification.

This event, jointly organised with the British Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS), will see a panel of experts examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.

Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.

Please see the full programme below.

Speakers include:

PC Philip Stone
Disaster Victim Identification Coordinator, Metropolitan Police Service
Phil’s role includes the training and the coordination of the Metropolitan Police Service. His team covered the
 Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, the 2017 London Bridge attacks as well as the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Dr Fiona Jane Wilcox
The Senior Coroner responsible for the inquests into people who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Mr Leslie Thomas QC, Lawyer, Garden Court Chambers
Leslie represented the families of victim of the Grenfell Tower Disaster, as well as 11 families of the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster; the family of Elizabeth MacDonald who was murdered by the Glenanne Gang in Northern Ireland during the Troubles; and the family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the 2011 London riots.


Early bird rates are available until Wednesday 19 December 2018.

RSM member: £24 - £84
FFLM member: £110
BAFS member: £30 - £110
Non member: £40 - £140

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8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Forensic odontology

Dr Phil Marsden, Forensic Odontologist

9.40 am

Forensic anthropology

Ms Gaille Mackinnon, Lead Forensic Anthropologist and Archaeologist, Alecto Forensics

10.20 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

Title to be confirmed

PC Philip Stone, Disaster Victim Identification Coordinator, Metropolitan Police Service

11.40 am

Panel discussion

Dr Phil Marsden, Ms Gaille Mackinnon and Dr Carl Gray

12.00 pm

Lunch and optional workshops

1.00 pm

Title to be confirmed

Professor David Alexander, Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London

1.40 pm

Title to be confirmed

Mr Mohammed Omar, Board Member for External Affairs, Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery

2.20 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.00 pm

Title to be confirmed

Mr Leslie Thomas QC, Lawyer, Garden Court Chambers

3.40 pm

Title to be confirmed

Dr Fiona Jane Wilcox, Senior Coroner

4.20 pm

Panel discussion

Professor David Alexander, Mr Mohammad Omar, Mr Lesley Thomas QC and Dr Fiona Jane Wilcox

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